Dear Oncology Nurse,
Welcome to Onconurse.com. This site came about as a result of your feedback at
the past two Oncology Nursing Society conferences. Our goal is to support
your relationship with your patients by providing fact sheets and other
resources related to patient education. Our fact sheets combine practical,
emotional, and medical information reviewed by MDs. Incorporating the stories
of many patients who have "been there," Onconurse.com materials provide your
patients with support for their journeys.
At the ONS conferences, when we handed out patient-education materials
excerpted from our books, our small booth was mobbed. Oncology nurses wanted
our information. You think like we do:
- It's important for patients to know as much about their condition and
treatment as they want, to relieve their fears and misconceptions.
- Empowered patients can be knowledgeable partners in treatment and
make the best decisions for themselves.
- It's important for patients to have connections with other
patients--to hear others' stories, to imagine how they can cope with
treatments or uncertainty, and to regain a sense of hope.
Although it was plain that nurses wanted our information, we weren't
sure how to distribute it. Through a survey at the 1999 ONS conference,
we learned that a growing number of nurses now have access to the
Internet and decided that we could distribute these patient-education
materials online, for you to print and copy for your patients, as
needed. (Our conference surveys told us that almost all nurses have
access to a copier, even though many have very little money to spend on
Here is our offering of patient-education materials for you. We are
gradually adding PDF versions of the fact sheets for printing in an
easy-to-read, two-column format. These materials combine a mix of viewpoints,
which nurses appreciate. Our information is grounded in Western medicine
and is patient centered, talking about concerns that patients have and
incorporating stories of many patients who have "been there."
We are able to offer materials on adult cancers for which we already
have books published--Advanced Breast Cancer, Colon and Rectal Cancer,
Non-Hodgkin's Lymphomas, Cancer Clinical Trials. And we have reviewed
materials from other adult cancer books still under development, such
as Adult Leukemia and Lung Cancer. In addition, we are in earlier
stages of developing other books.
For pediatric cancers, we offer materials from Childhood Cancer (solid
tumors), Childhood Leukemia, and--from Childhood Cancer Survivors--materials
on late effects.
When we have new material for you--such as material from books still
under development, survey results, or other content--we'd be glad to
send you an email telling you of that update to our site. Simply
register at Onconurse.com to receive an online notification.
It is our hope that these patient-education fact sheets will provide
your patients with information they're looking for and support for